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newsclips -- ARB Newsclips for August 26, 2016.

Posted: 26 Aug 2016 12:16:51
ARB Newsclips for August 26, 2016. 

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Energy minister not worried by low demand in cap-and-trade
auction.  Auctions in a cap-and-trade market that Ontario is set
to join sold just a fraction of its allowances for the second
time in a row, but the environment minister insists it doesn't
spell trouble for the province. Only 35 per cent of the available
carbon pollution credits were sold in California and Quebec's
latest joint auction…


Pollution study reveals impacts of terminal congestion on air
quality. This entry was posted in News on August 25, 2016 by
Source: Port of LB. Although pollution around the Port of Long
Beach has been cut in the last decade, a recent study shows that
lingering effects from ships at anchor in early 2015 impacted air
quality last year. http://www.signaltribunenewspaper.com/?p=31664

Study finds in-cabin particulate pollution up to 40% higher in
traffic jams or at red lights. A new study by a team at the
University of Surrey has found that particulate pollution levels
inside cars are up to 40% higher when the vehicle is stuck in a
traffic jam or stopped at a red traffic light compared to
free-flowing traffic conditions. The study, published as an open
access paper in the RSC journal Environmental Science: Processes
& Impacts…


Obama creates the largest protected place on the planet, off
Hawaii. President Obama created the largest protected area on the
planet Friday, by expanding a national marine monument off the
coast of his native Hawaii to encompass 582,578 square miles of
land and sea. The move, which more than quadruples the size of
the Papahānaumokuākea (pronounced
“Papa-ha-now-moh-koo-ah-kay-ah”) Marine National Monument…



Climate change taking toll on American pika’s Western lands.
Populations of a small rabbit-like animal known as the American
pika are vanishing in many mountainous areas of the West as
climate change alters its habitat, according to findings of a
study released Thursday by the U.S. Geological Survey. The range
for the mountain-dwelling herbivore is decreasing in southern
Utah, northeastern California…

Listening to the sound of climate change. Bernardo Bastién's
latest musical composition is a computer-generated string of
sharp pings and beeps. But the notes aren't random — they're a
representation of climate change. Bastién, a 25-year-old climate
modeler and researcher based in Mexico City, has found a way to
combine his work…

Scientists use hunters' knowledge to understand a warming
ecosystem. Henry Huntington, an Alaska-based independent
researcher, sat at a table with a group of elders in 1995 to talk
about beluga whales — a threatened Arctic species graced with a
perpetually beatific expression. The elders spoke instead of
beavers, which, they said, were thriving and damming more
streams. Huntington was puzzled.


California’s Emissions Goal Is a ‘Milestone’ on Climate Efforts.
California will extend its landmark climate change legislation to
2030, a move that climate specialists say solidifies the state’s
role as a leader in the effort to curb heat-trapping emissions.
Lawmakers have passed, and Gov. Jerry Brown has promised to sign,
bills requiring the state to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions
to 40 percent below 1990 levels.

Manufacturers Fear Impact of New Emissions Target. The passage
this week of Senate Bill 32 to implement stricter greenhouse gas
emissions standards creates uncertainty for businesses and may
lead to more businesses leaving California, said Dorothy
Rothrock, president of the California Manufacturers & Technology
Association. That organization, along with other business groups
and the oil industry, has opposed the bill…


California drought reducing beach bacteria. Reduced runoff has
meant fewer health advisories, data show. California’s
record-setting drought might be making area waters less prone to
bacteria, according to government data. The Environmental
Protection Agency monitors the nation’s beaches for various
indicators that indicate contamination. In 2015, there were 762
beach closures for San Diego County’s 46 beaches.

California farmers turn to sewers for water. California's
prolonged drought is forcing Central Valley farmers to scramble
for water to irrigate crops. They have to be creative. One agency
is even turning to a sewage plant to meet demand. Just outside
Modesto, farming communities like Patterson are facing a crisis.


Oil companies raising California gasoline prices. Continued local
refinery issues and higher oil prices have pushed up pump prices
throughout California over the past week after more than a month
of declines, according to price surveys Friday. “The Valero
Wilmington refinery is reportedly experiencing some issues, which
has tightened up the Southern California gasoline supply,”…

Greens sue Obama to stop fossil fuel production on federal land.
A pair of environmental groups is suing the Obama administration
to try to stop oil and natural gas production on federal lands.
The lawsuit filed Thursday by WildEarth Guardians and Physicians
for Social Responsibility seeks to block drilling on nearly
380,000 acres of public lands that were leased to oil and gas
companies since 2015.

Scientists Discover New Technique to Convert Emissions into
Energy-Rich Fuel Using Silicon. Annually, humans cause the
discharge of around 30 billion tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) into
the atmosphere, resulting in advancement of global warming and
climate change, which will ultimately lead to the extinction of
the human race. A team of scientists from the University of
Toronto have discovered a solution to curb the amount of CO2 that
is released into the atmosphere.


Do All-Electric Vehicle Ranges Exceed Those Of Some
Gasoline-Powered Vehicles? (Chart). Do the ranges of some
consumer all-electric vehicles now exceed the ranges of some
consumer internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles? That’s the
question explored by a recent post by the Office of Energy
Efficiency and Renewable Energy, one that revealed that some
all-electric vehicles (EVs) are indeed now…

PG&E may build nation's largest deployment of EV charging spots.
The biggest utility in California will soon learn whether it can
install as many as 7,600 electric vehicle charging stations, a
controversial plan that would be the single largest deployment of
plug-in spots in the country. Pacific Gas & Electric Co.'s
proposal would have ratepayers foot the $160 million cost.


Volkswagen settles with dealers over emissions scandal.
Volkswagen and 650 of its dealers announced Thursday that they
have agreed to settle a court case filed by dealers seeking
compensation for losses caused by the carmaker's diesel-emissions
scandal. The auto manufacturer said in a statement that it "has
agreed to make cash payments and provide additional benefits to
the dealers to resolve alleged past… 






World’s 200-Year Energy Demand Boom Seen Peaking by the 2050s.
Global energy demand has been growing at a breakneck pace since
the 19th century. That’ll change in about 40 years, according to
Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Demand will peak in the 2050s and then
begin to weaken as energy consumption per unit of gross domestic
product declines, Bernstein analysts including Neil Beveridge
said in a note Aug. 26.

California Blocks Huge Solar Power Plant To Protect Sheep. San
Bernardino officials blocked a solar power plant from being built
in the Mojave Desert, because they were concerned that it would
inconvenience sheep. Officials backed environmentalist claims the
power plant was one of the “nation’s worst renewable energy
proposals” for reducing the habitat of bighorn sheep.


GOP wants seat at the table to oversee state air board. The
California Air Resources Board has been the target of stinging
criticism from Democratic legislators — in increasingly pointed
rhetoric of race and class — but Assembly GOP leader Chad Mayes
wants to make sure the minority party also has a role in keeping
tabs on the agency. http://www.latimes.com/politics/essential/ 


How Will a Clinton or Trump White House Affect Renewable Energy?
Renewable energy has made significant inroads into the U.S.
energy system and even in the era of low fossil fuel prices,
costs for solar and wind installations are down dramatically.
According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, the solar
industry trade group, costs to install solar panels fell by more
than 70 percent over…

Deadly flooding in West Virginia had another cause beyond global
warming. The Aug. 23 editorial “Extraordinary floods become more
ordinary” was right concerning the recent disaster in Louisiana.
But there was a flooding disaster in West Virginia in late June.
It was the third-deadliest flooding in West Virginia’s history,
devastating several counties, taking 23 lives and destroying

After a long road, a change in the air. For decades, California
legislators and policymakers have been grappling with our
collective energy consumption and its fallout, to the
consternation of major corporations that produce and depend upon
fossil fuel. More often than not, the industry has blocked the
requirements, as happened last year when oil interests defeated
the provision…

New EPA rules on truck emissions should reduce fuel costs and
pollution. The following editorial ran in the Los Angeles Times
on Aug. 18: Urgent action is needed to try to stanch the damage
from the burning of fossil fuels, and the difficulty of doing so
does not make the task any less urgent. The Obama administration
took a good step forward [Aug. 16] in ordering a 25 percent
reduction over 10 years in carbon emissions…




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Wind power keeps the lights on and lowers costs. Wind energy is
an increasingly important, reliable and affordable part of
America’s electricity mix, despite the misleading claims in Ryan
Yonk and Arthur Wardle’s Aug. 19 commentary. Yonk and Wardle are
exactly right that the strongest energy system is comprised of a
diversity of sources.

California's carbon market is a big success. Here are the facts. 
A decade ago, critics of California’s ambitious climate policies
grimly described the kind of disastrous economy they said would
follow. Skeptics have also tried to dismiss the state’s whole
cap-and-trade program because demand for credits sold on the
combined California-Quebec carbon market slowed this year.

New Transportation Funding Plan: A Hot Mess, With Some Active
Transp $. After several weeks of rumors, legislative leaders of
the Special Session on Transportation and Infrastructure have
released their proposal for a funding plan that shows how much
compromise it can take to get an agreement. The bill, S.B. X1-1
and A.B. X1-26, is co-authored by Senator Jim Beall (D-Campbell)…

California Doubles Down on Its Green Economy, But Kicks
Cap-and-Trade Down the Road. California doubled down on its green
economy Wednesday as the legislature passed a pair of bills that
set ambitious new targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
The new goals are being hailed by environmentalists for providing
the certainty needed to ramp up clean-tech investment.

Cap and trade auction suffers low demand again. Should Ontario
worry? Only 35 per cent of available carbon pollution credits
were sold in California and Quebec’s latest joint auction –
Ontario will join the market next year. Auctions in a
cap-and-trade market that Ontario is set to join sold just a
fraction of its allowances for the second time in a row, but the
environment minister insists it doesn’t spell trouble for the

Here’s a way to make it easier to sue climate polluters in court.
Can climate change victims sue climate polluters and win? They
haven’t been successful thus far. Suits decided in federal courts
in the U.S. in recent years have failed. But some legal experts
think they could fare better in state courts. Attorney Matt Pawa
represented the Alaskan town of Kivalina in a lawsuit it filed in
federal court in 2008.

California is in a drought emergency.
Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.

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